Rating: 4.5 Cups of CoffeeGoodreads' Book Description:
Dark, witty, and suspenseful, this literary crime thriller reminiscent of The Dinner and The Silent Wife follows a famous author whose wife—the brains behind his success—meets an untimely death, leaving him to deal with the consequences.
“Evil is a matter of opinion…”
On the surface, Henry Hayden seems like someone you could like, or even admire. A famous bestselling author who appears a modest everyman. A loving, devoted husband even though he could have any woman he desires. A generous friend and coworker. But Henry Hayden is a construction, a mask. His past is a secret, his methods more so. No one besides him and his wife know that she is the actual writer of the novels that made him famous.
For most of Henry’s life, it hasn’t been a problem. But when his hidden-in-plain-sight mistress becomes pregnant and his carefully constructed facade is about to crumble, he tries to find a permanent solution, only to make a terrible mistake.
Now not only are the police after Henry, but his past—which he has painstakingly kept hidden—threatens to catch up with him as well. Henry is an ingenious man and he works out an ingenious plan. He weaves lies, truths, and half-truths into a story that might help him survive. But bit by bit the noose still tightens.
Smart, sardonic, and compulsively readable, here is the story of a man whose cunning allows him to evade the consequences of his every action, even when he’s standing on the edge of the abyss.
Petition to have this book created into a television show or movie please! THE TRUTH AND OTHER LIES is smart, intense, entirely compelling and ridiculously entertaining. Sascha Arango knows what he's doing, no doubt about that.
“The liars among us will know that every lie must contain a certain amount of truth if it's to be convincing. A dash of truth is often enough, but it's indispensable, like the olive in the martini.”
Henry Hayden’s reality is filled with fame and riches, all thanks to his wife, Martha, who is the actual writer of Hayden’s best-selling novels. This little truth is not something anyone other than themselves knows. Henry has everything he could ever desire at his fingertips; he truly has it all, including a younger mistress who is now carrying his child. However, this unexpected pregnancy could be the downfall to Henry’s picture perfect life. Anything that disrupts his well-balanced routine isn’t something Henry can afford, especially with the impending deadline of a novel that it supposed to be one of “Henry’s” best yet.
"Evil is a matter of opinion..."
What’s crazy is that the man who everyone claims to know and love, the author to some of the greatest works of literature in his time, is a fraud. He is living a lie, and his past is surprisingly non-existent. No one knows where he came from; they are only concerned about where he is going.
Sascha Arango’s writing is quick-witted, alluring, gripping & darkly suspenseful. Henry Hayden is quite the character to behold because he is nothing short of a genius. His mind works like one of a sociopath; if something is threatening to ruin his life, he needs to find a way –any way—to get his balance back with little regard to anyone else.
THE TRUTH AND OTHER LIES has just the right amount of drama, suspense, and incredible character development to have you hooked from the very first page. I especially enjoyed how the cover of the book perfectly ties in with a certain scene in the story. So clever. Well done, Sascha Arango! A remarkable debut! I can't wait to read more from him.